Noche en Copacabana - Largest and Most Successful -Ever!!


“Music and passion” were all the fashion in La Luz Center’s “Noche en Copacabana” party that transformed The Barracks into Havana’s glitzy 1940’s landmark nightclub.  Panama hats, Guayabera shirts, nightclub attire, plenty of bling, and sexy Brazilian dancers made for “the party of the year.”

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Event co-chairs Karen Adelson and Marcelo Defreitas are to be congratulated on creating an event that raised over $300,000, more than double that of last year’s “Noche de Luna.”  Yvonne Hall, La Luz’s Executive Director, called Copacabana “the largest and most successful event we have ever hosted.”

“Carmen Miranda” AKA Sonoma’s favorite chanteuse Sheila Whitney welcomed guests and shook more than her coconuts on the 30 foot stage she shared with auctioneer Ed Vaughn and the 9-piece Cuban “Orquesta La Moderna Tradición.”  Bird of paradise stilt walkers circulated with committee members in their fruit hats as close to 400 La Luz supporters sampled caipirinhas and Elaine Bell’s Cuban-inspired pulled pork and paella.

Ongoing repartee between Vaughn and Whitney kept the audience engaged, laughing and bidding on auction items.  Among the most popular was a luncheon and cooking lesson by Dean Carvalho at Marcelo Defreitas’ home which sold three times for $12,000 total. 

 The La Luz soccer team took the stage for the Fund A Need as Defreitas told of his grandmother in Brazil releasing all her caged birds after a visit to the city.  “We have the chance to remove cages from people’s lives,” he said, with the services La Luz provides the wives, children, brothers and sisters of these men.  

Special thanks go to the hard-working “Noche Machine” volunteer committee: to Patsy Wynne for chairing the raffle that covered all party expenses and more…  to Patrick Jude for creating the 50 stunning jewel-adorned table centerpieces (AND Sheila’s fabulous costume); to Jamie Pandolfo for set design and construction and to Jack Lundgren for making the 15’ tall gold palm trees.  And, again, to William Murray of William’s Automotive on Highway 12, who takes the most wonderful photographs and shares them with all of you.  What a community of support we have!  Thank you all---for your enthusiasm, your time, your checks, and your good will. 

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